(noun, adjective, verb)


1. distributed or spread over a considerable extent

- eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe

Similar word(s): distributed, dispersed

2. prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out

- a table spread with food

Similar word(s): prepared

3. fully extended in width

- outspread wings

- with arms spread wide

Similar word(s): extended, outspread


1. process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space

Similar word(s): spreading

Definition categories: event, travel

2. a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures

- the spread between lending and borrowing costs

Similar word(s): gap

Definition categories: attribute, disparity

3. farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)

Similar word(s): ranch

Definition categories: man–made, farm

4. a haphazard distribution in all directions

Similar word(s): scatter

Definition categories: attribute, dispersion, distribution

5. a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes

Similar word(s): paste

Definition categories: food, condiment

6. a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed

- they put out quite a spread

Similar word(s): banquet, feast

Definition categories: food, meal, repast

7. two facing pages of a book or other publication

Similar word(s): spreadhead

Definition categories: communication, page

8. the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)

- she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread

Definition categories: attribute, girth

9. decorative cover for a bed

Similar word(s): bedcover, bedspread, counterpane

Definition categories: man–made, bedclothes, bedding

10. act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time

Similar word(s): spreading

Definition categories: act, extension


1. distribute or disperse widely

- The invaders spread their language all over the country

Similar word(s): distribute

Definition categories: contact

2. become distributed or widespread

- the infection spread

- Optimism spread among the population

Similar word(s): propagate

Definition categories: contact, move

3. spread across or over

- A big oil spot spread across the water

Similar word(s): overspread

Definition categories: stative, continue, cover, extend

4. spread out or open from a closed or folded state

- spread your arms

Similar word(s): open, unfold

Definition categories: contact, undo

5. cause to become widely known

- spread information

Similar word(s): broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, propagate

Definition categories: communication, air, bare, publicise, publicize

6. become widely known and passed on

- the rumor spread

Similar word(s): circulate

Definition categories: communication, go, locomote, move, travel

7. strew or distribute over an area

- He spread fertilizer over the lawn

Similar word(s): scatter

Definition categories: motion, circulate, distribute

8. move outward

Similar word(s): diffuse

Definition categories: motion, distribute, spread

9. cover by spreading something over

- spread the bread with cheese

Definition categories: contact, cover

10. distribute over a surface in a layer

- spread cheese on a piece of bread

Definition categories: contact

Sentences with spread as a verb:

- He spread his newspaper on the table.

- I spread my arms wide and welcomed him home.

- I spread the rice grains evenly over the floor.

- The missionaries quickly spread their new message across the country.

- I dropped my glass; the water spread quickly over the tiled floor.

- She liked to spread butter on her toast while it was still hot.

- He always spreads his toast with peanut butter and strawberry jam.

- to spread a table